Nicholas Brown

Nicholas Alan Brown is co-founder of the blog A Life Out Loud. He is also an accomplished writer, teacher, researcher, development worker, traveler, musician, and burgeoning polyglot. Formerly he worked as a Certified Personal Trainer. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2006-2008, currently works in malaria prevention, and will be studying at Columbia University later this year. He recently completed his first half-marathon. He resides in Washington, DC.

White church with golden domes

From Ukraine with Love: Adventures in Europe’s Borderland

Ukraine is truly a confabulation of its history. “Ukrayina,” as locals call it, means ‘“borderland,” and a borderland it is. The country borders the Russian Federation to the east; Belarus to the north; Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west; Romania and Moldova to the southwest; and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south.

Jumping over precipice between two rocky mountains

Life at the Edge: Why Putting Yourself in Harm’s Way is a Good Idea

One of my closest friends and I are huddled together, shaking, trying not to vomit from the nerves. Yes, we’re both grown men, and there are girls our age present. Why are we doing this? Because we’re in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, stuck in a snowstorm on a paved road with no guardrails, sliding around turns in a van without snow tires 1000 feet above the valley below.

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